Razer turned heads a few months ago with the release of the Razer Phone — a device geared towards gaming and entertainment. Razer has announced at CES that, in conjunction with Netflix, their debut smartphone will support not only HDR formats but also Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 premium audio. The integration makes the Razer Phone the first smartphone to support Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 for Netflix.
“We engineered the Razer Phone to handle HDR video and sound like no other phone on the market,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We are incredibly excited to deliver Netflix entertainment on a smartphone like never before, enabling us to take full measure of the Razer Phone’s HDR10-enabled display and dual-firing, front-facing Dolby-optimized speakers and THX-certified headphone connectivity.”
As you should know, Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 utilizes five full-bandwidth channels and a low-frequency effects channel and is typically found on home entertainment systems and PCs. By bringing surround sound audio to a smartphone, the Razer Phone allows for a more immersive viewing experience.
“The Razer Phone brings an incredible Netflix viewing experience to the smartphone,” says Anthony Park, vice president of engineering at Netflix. “We look forward to delivering this experience to our members around the world so they can watch their favorite entertainment on the go in the best possible quality.”
An OTA update later this month to Razer’s smartphone will provide users with a Netflix app and home screen widget alongside firmware improvements for both the screen and sound for a great mobile Netflix experience. Future device releases will come with this update pre-loaded. In order to take advantage of the new features, a Netflix premium plan subscription is required. Members will be able to experience titles like Stranger Things 2, Bright, and the Marvel series like Marvel’s The Punisher on the Razer Phone in HDR.